Need-Adapted Treatment Funded in NY


“Parachute NYC: an alternative approach to mental health treatment and crisis services” has been awarded $17,608,085 to fund “a need-adapted treatment model (NATM) intervention for Medicaid beneficiaries and other people with serious mental illness who have a diagnosis of psychosis … the program will use peer health navigators, nurse practitioners, mobile crisis teams, and crisis respite centers to provide early engagement, continuity of care and combined peer and professional community service thus shifting the focus of care from crisis intervention to long-term, community-integrated treatment with access to primary care, improving crisis management and reducing emergency room visits and hospital admissions.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]


  1. Sounds like nothing but community commitment, from the state that champions it the most with Kendra’s Law. More endless waste of taxpayer millions for the psychiatry industrial complex of BS community clowns filling distressed peoples’ heads with lies.